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Hot Halloween Costumes, Courtesy of Polyurethane

Did you know some of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes rely on polyurethane technology? Take, for example, superhero characters: prop versions of shields, swords and other superhero gear are often made out of polyurethane. Because polyurethane is lightweight and easy to form into different shapes, it’s well suited for all kinds of props.

For those indulging in a little 1980s nostalgia, female wrestlers will be another hot Halloween costume for 2017. Their shiny, stretchy bodysuits usually rely on spandex fiber fabric made from polyurethane fibers. 

Or maybe you’re going for a more traditional costume — a cowboy or a...

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Category: Apparel

Athleisure Trend Stretches the Bounds at Fall Fashion Shows

It’s the time of year when the runways are filled with the latest styles and future trends. As consumers seek to be both comfortable and stylish in their daily lives, the “athleisure” trend continues to grow.

Athleisure wear combines the comfort of workout clothes, with the style that enables them to be worn in other settings, from casual social gatherings to the workplace. One newer entry to the athleisure offering is a stretchy, comfortable jean material. The material is made of spandex fiber (a polyurethane-based fabric), polyester and cotton, and it looks and maintains its shape like denim, but...

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Category: Apparel

3 Back to School Essentials Made with Polyurethane

Break out your supply lists and coupons – it’s time for Back to School shopping! Did you know polyurethane helps make all of these things possible for the new year?

New Shoes

A staple for the new year, especially with growing kids! Polyurethane is a key material in making sneakers comfortable and durable.  With the help of polyurethane, even hand-me-down sneakers are better than ever!

Backpacks

Backpacks made with polyurethane are stylish enough for fashionistas and strong enough for bookworms.

Dorm Room Mattress Pads

College bound? After a full day of studying, a good night’s sleep is important...

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Category: Apparel

3 Ways Polyurethane Helps Enhance Your Life

Polyurethane is an incredible material that touches almost every industry and enhances our lives in many ways. Here are three important ways polyurethane can make your life better:           

  • Polyurethane can help keep you be comfortable
  • Rigid polyurethane panels used for insulation keep your home warm and comfortable. From the floors to the walls, to the ceilings, polyurethane creates a temperature-controlled environment for the interior of your home, no matter the season.

  • Polyurethane can help keep you stay active
  • A wide variety of athletic gear and apparel is constructed with polyurethane. Polyurethane fibers and coating technology provide support, durability and...

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    Category: Apparel, Electronics, Home Builders

    Outdoor shot of healthy young woman exercising on wall bars during sunset. Strong woman doing stretching and looking at camera.

    Outdoor Fitness with Polyurethane

    Summer is a great season for trying out a new outdoor fitness activity. Not only is avoiding the gym often a more budget-friendly way to exercise, but you also get to enjoy all the beautiful scenes nature has to offer. There are so many outdoor activities to help you stay in shape during the summer months, including jogging, biking, hiking, swimming or kayaking. Whatever sport you choose, polyurethane will keep you looking sleek and stylish.

    Advances in polyurethane fiber and coating technology allow athletic apparel designers to utilize a wide range of textures, colors and performance options for their garments, footwear...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics

    Topaz-DOTS and INSQIN® transform the next generation PUMA football boot

    Trans-Textil and Covestro have teamed up with PUMA to launch the latest innovation in football footwear, the evoPOWER Vigor 1, which sets new standards in design, precision and comfort.

    All this has been achieved with PUMA’s Accufoam technology, consisting of three-dimensional, diamond-shaped dots called Topaz-DOTS, applied on both sides of a spandex™ upper material. Topaz-DOTS, the coating technology from Trans-Textil, is based on INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane technology from Covestro and it gives the shoe its unique design and playing features. 

    The Accufoam technology provides exceptional comfort and outstanding precision when kicking the ball powerfully. It also contributes to...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics

    Polyurethane Goes Camping

    Camping is a great way to get acquainted with the great outdoors and spend quality time with loved ones. Having the right camp gear can help ensure your experience goes smoothly.

    Camping tents coated with polyurethane are devised to be strong and water- and abrasion-resistant all while being lightweight. These incredible qualities can be very attractive to camping aficionados who are looking for a material that will withstand many of nature’s elements.

    Having a comfortable sleeping bag or sleeping pad for the hard ground is also essential to your trip. Polyurethane foam is found in many sleeping bags and pads...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics, Environment

    Namaste Balanced with Polyurethane

    Today we celebrate the popular practice of yoga. Whether you’re forming into a downward dog, twisting into tree pose or simply catching your breath, polyurethane probably plays an important role.

    Many yoga mats are equipped with a strong, flexible polyurethane coating. It is super lightweight, so it doesn’t weigh you down on the way to the studio, and it can help wick away moisture so you’re less likely to slip once you’re there.

    So enjoy National Yoga Day on your lightweight mat and in the comfort of your yoga clothes – which, by the way, are also probably made...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics

    U.S. Army Boots Get an Upgrade

    Belleville Boot Company and Rocky Boots were recently selected to supply the U.S. Army with about 36,700 pairs of newly-designed Jungle Combat Boots. The new boots are considered to be more comfortable, faster drying and puncture resistant.

    The new boot features a thick shock-absorbing polyurethane layer that helps keep feet dry. While the older jungle boots were made of hard rubber, these newer boots will include a polyurethane insert with perforations designed to move water away from the foot and absorb extra shock.

    We’re glad that polyurethane can help our troops be more comfortable!

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    Category: Apparel

    Polyurethane Makes a Sustainable Solution

    A recent exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York illustrated how designers from around the world are innovating the world of fashion in a sustainable way. Each designer interpreted the concept of waste differently by handling it throughout different phases of the production process.

    One of these designers developed an innovative process for her Riedizioni bags. Inspired by the yarn left over from the fabric loom and thrown away during the cutting process, she decided to experiment and incorporate this scrap material into her handbags. Ultimately, she ended up with a production process that involves a material...

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    Category: Apparel